Classical Weekdays

Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm

WRTI brings you the best recordings of works from the vast world of classical music every weekday from 6 am to 6 pm. Chamber music, symphonies, choral works, violin concertos, piano sonatas, and more...engagingly presented with insight and a smile by our knowledgeable hosts.

Playlists are at the bottom of this page.

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April 02, 2013

6:06 AM
Sinfonia No. 1 in G, Wq. 182
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 73326 CD
Conductor : Thomas Fueri
Orchestra : Bern Camerata
Label : Denon
6:19 AM
Danzon No. 2
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Composer : Arturo Marquez
Catalog : 11340 CD
Conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra : S. Bolivar Youth Orch of Venz.
Label : D. Gramphn
6:30 AM
Rondo for piano & orch in A, K. 386
Artist : John O’Conor, piano
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 80285 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : Scottish National Orchestra
Label : Telarc
6:43 AM
Galanta Dances
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Composer : Zoltan Kodaly
Catalog : 432005 CD
Conductor : Antal Dorati
Orchestra : Philharmonia Hungarica
Label : Mercury
7:06 AM
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Composer : Giuseppe Verdi
Catalog : 62373 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Label : CBS/Sony
7:15 AM
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Composer : William Rimmer
Catalog : 6565 CD
Conductor : Michael Antrobus
Orchestra : Black Dyke Mills Band
Label : Chandos
7:20 AM
Artist : Rolf Lislevand, lute
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Composer : Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
Catalog : 5160 CD
Orchestra : Ensemble Kapsberger
Label : Naive
7:28 AM
Concerto for 2 flutes, oboes, vn, string in G
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Composer : Johann David Heinichen
Catalog : 437549 CD
Conductor : Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra : Musica Antiqua Koln
Label : D. Gramphn
7:43 AM
Concerto for 7 trpts & tympani in C
Artist : David Bilger, trumpet
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Composer : Johann Ernst Altenburg
Catalog : 1035 CD
Conductor : Richard Kapp
Orchestra : Philharmonia Virtuosi
Label : ESS.A.Y
7:48 AM
Marche Solennelle
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 5009 CD
Conductor : Igor Buketoff
Orchestra : Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
8:06 AM
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
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Composer : Paul Dukas
Catalog : 80515 CD
Conductor : Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra : Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label : Telarc
8:18 AM
Finnish Sketches No. 1 from the Kalevala Op 89
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Composer : Alexander Glazunov
Catalog : 1000163 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : USSR Symphony Orchestra
Label : Melodya
8:28 AM
Flute Concerto a 5 in G
Artist : Irene Spranger, Flute
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Composer : Johann Adolf Hasse
Catalog : 535 CD
Conductor : Andrew Manze
Orchestra : Concerto Copenhagen
Label : Chandos
8:42 AM
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 75736 CD
Conductor : Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra : Concentus Musicus Wien
Label : RCA/BMG
8:49 AM
Legende Op 17
Artist : Itzhak Perlman, violin
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Composer : Henryk Wieniawski
Catalog : 55475 CD
Conductor : Lawrence Foster
Orchestra : Abbey Road Ensemble
Label : Angel/EMI
9:06 AM
Symphony No. 3 in F, K. 183
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Composer : Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Catalog : 553289 CD
Conductor : Yoon K. Lee
Orchestra : Salzburg Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
9:18 AM
Oboe Concerto in F, BWV 1053
Artist : Han de Vries, oboe
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Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 50905 CD
Orchestra : I Solisti Zagreb
Label : Angel/EMI
9:40 AM
Concertstuck in g Op 33
Artist : Joshua Pierce, piano
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Composer : Carl Reinecke
Catalog : 1196 CD
Conductor : Bystrik Rezucha
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MSR
10:00 AM
Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124
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Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 220540 CD
Conductor : Adam Fischer
Orchestra : Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Label : Da Capo
10:16 AM
Spanish Dances Op 12
Artist : Mela Tenenbaum, violin; Richard Kapp, piano
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Composer : Moritz Moszkowski
Catalog : 1081 CD
Label : ESS.A.Y
10:31 AM
Piano Sonata No. 23 in f Op 57 Appassionata
Artist : Stephen Kovacevich, piano
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 62700 CD
Label : Angel/EMI
10:57 AM
Piano Concerto in D
Artist : Marian Migdal, piano
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Composer : Franz Berwald
Catalog : 920 CD
Conductor : Ulf Bjorlin
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
11:20 AM
Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82
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Composer : Jean Sibelius
Catalog : 753 CD
Conductor : Simon Rattle
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symph Orch
Label : Angel/EMI
12:06 PM
String Symphony No. 6 in E-Flat
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Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 553161 CD
Conductor : Nicholas Ward
Orchestra : Northern Chamber Orchestra
Label : Naxos
12:19 PM
Sonata Arpeggione in a, D. 821
Artist : Yuri Bashmet, viola; Mikhail Muntyan, piano
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Composer : Franz Schubert
Catalog : 60112 CD
Label : RCA/BMG
12:47 PM
Symphony No. 5 Preis Symphonie Op 52
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Composer : Franz Lachner
Catalog : 223502 CD
Conductor : Paul Robinson
Orchestra : Slovak State Philh., Kosice
Label : MarcoPolo
2:00 PM
Hamlet Overture Op 4
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Composer : Joseph Joachim
Catalog : 27 CD
Conductor : Leon Botstein
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : IMP-Master
2:16 PM
Violin Concerto in D Op 77
Artist : David Oistrakh, violin
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Composer : Johannes Brahms
Catalog : 72914 CD
Conductor : Kirill Kondrashin
Orchestra : Moscow Philharmonic
Label : RCA/BMG
3:00 PM
Adagio on Celtic Themes in e Op 56
Artist : Ofra Harnoy, cello
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Composer : Max Bruch
Catalog : 60757 CD
Conductor : Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
3:09 PM
Symphony No. 1 in C Op 21
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Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 49487 CD
Conductor : Riccardo Muti
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : Angel/EMI
3:38 PM
In the Faery Hills
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Composer : Sir Arnold Bax
Catalog : 8367 CD
Conductor : Bryden Thomson
Orchestra : Ulster Orchestra
Label : Chandos
4:06 PM
Serenade for Orchestra Summer Nights in E Op 86
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Composer : Hans Huber
Catalog : 1027 CD
Conductor : Jorg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra : Stuttgart Philharmonic
Label : Sterling
4:27 PM
Sleeping Beauty: Pas d’action, Adagio Op 66
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Composer : Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Catalog : 938 CD
Conductor : Evgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra : Swedish Radio Symphony Orchest
Label : Ondine
4:38 PM
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Composer : Engelbert Humperdinck
Catalog : 61128 CD
Conductor : Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Orchestra : Bamberg Symphony
Label : Vrgn Clscs
5:06 PM
Estonian Dance Suite in E
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Composer : Eduard Tubin
Catalog : 851002 CD
Conductor : Hans-Peter Frank
Orchestra : Helsingborgs Symph. Orchestra
Label : Big Ben
5:19 PM
Grand Fantasia Triumfal
Artist : Cristina Ortiz, piano
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Composer : Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Catalog : 414348 CD
Conductor : Moshe Atzmon
Orchestra : Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Label : London/Dec
5:29 PM
Symphonic Rhapsody on a Song by Rodgers - With a Song in My Heart
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Composer : Eric Coates
Catalog : 2112 CD
Conductor : John Wilson
Orchestra : BBC Concert Orchestra
Label : ASV
5:39 PM
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Composer : Archibald Joyce
Catalog : 223694 CD
Conductor : Andrew Penny
Orchestra : RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Label : MarcoPolo
5:45 PM
Gipsy Suite
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Composer : Edward German
Catalog : 223419 CD
Conductor : Adrian Leaper
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchest.
Label : MarcoPolo


The Fabulous Philadelphians on WRTI
9:36 am
Sat June 21, 2014

It's All Mozart on Sunday's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert Broadcast on WRTI!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sunday at 1 pm, the first concert from last April's Philadelphia Orchestra Mozart Celebration brings us three Mozart masterpieces! With Yannick on the podium, the Orchestra will play an overture to one of Mozart's three operas set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan Tutte, continue with the Piano Concerto No.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
12:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:34 pm

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Paco Pena performs at the Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:07 am

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, inspiring and so completely universal.

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Creatively Speaking
6:20 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Ocean City Pops Are Back For Summer!

As summer approaches, WRTI's Jim Cotter takes us down the shore to the Ocean City Music Pier. There have been concerts on the music pier since 1929, when it hosted performances by the new Municipal Orchestra. Since then, what is today the Ocean City Pops, has operated under a variety of names and conductors. In 1987, the orchestra appointed a new music director; William (Bill) Scheible has led the Pops since then.

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Creatively Speaking
6:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Very Political Ludwig van Beethoven

The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is "kind of a march," says Christoph von Dohnanyi, "in respect for all the victims who suffered by Napoleon's attacks."

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote his seventh symphony in the midst of Napoleon’s attempts to conquer Europe. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work, and its second movement in particular, is a tribute to freedom. Here, the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, performs:

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

It's Beethoven, Shostakovich, and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: June 8, 1 PM

Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphians on WRTI, June 8 at 1 pm

This season, The Philadelphia Orchestra juxtaposed Beethoven’s path-breaking symphonies and concertos with those of the great orchestral master of the 20th century Dmitri Shostakovich...we’ll be treated to such a pairing Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

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Creatively Speaking
4:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians "At Play" on their Asia Tour

The Philadelphia Orchestra's "Team Firebird" about to challenge the baseball team from the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s current 2014 tour of Asia and Japan has been rough and tumble enough with moldering halls in remote Chinese capitals and residency activities amid challenging acoustics and blistering heat. Is that what drives some of them to jump off the top of the 700-foot Macau Tower? The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports what orchestra members are going to some extremes to get a break from night after night of concerts.

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Station Announcements
3:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Francesca's Letter

Francesca Martinez (center) and her family

Last Wednesday, I read a moving letter on the air from Francesca Martinez when I inducted her family into the Sousalarm Club. So many of you responded to her heartfelt message, and asked if you could read it online, that we have posted it here (see below), with Ms. Martinez's consent. It's a poignant reminder of how transcendent the power of music can be, and of why this work, this station, and this art form matter so much.

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Creatively Speaking
3:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider's Beethoven Odyssey

Ludwig van Beethoven tried certain musical forms only once. One opera, one violin concerto, was all he wrote.

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider says he spent years preparing to take on, what he says is, one of the most difficult pieces for his instrument. It took age, and its attendant personal and artistic growth, for him to get beyond what he describes as "mere graphical representation of the music, those black dots on white paper."

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